DeLay, Orozco shine for Platte County at Eubank Invitational

Platte County finished fifth out of nine teams in the Eubank Invitational but was placed third out of three in the Blue Division for larger teams.

Behind a win for Caden DeLay and a trio of runner-up finishes, the Pirates scored 375 points but were well back of Raymore-Peculiar (473) and Raytown (492). They lost key points in the 400 freestyle relay for a disqualification, and only one Blue Division team finished the race.

DeLay won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1 minute, 4.76 seconds to beat Raytown’s Christian Lynch by less than a quarter of a second. DeLay, a junior, remains Platte County’s only qualifier so far this year for the Missouri State Swimming and Diving Championships, having previously made the cut in that event earlier this year.

The runner-up finishes included DeLay in the 50 freestyle, Jerry Orozco in the 100 butterfly and Alex Beall in the 100 individual medley.

Park Hill 140, Raymore-Peculiar 83

The Trojans easily took a dual between Suburban Conference Gold Division members Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Park Hill District Aquatic Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Thor Mardis won a pair of events and swam on two of the Trojans’ three victorious relays. He was first in the 200 freestyle, edging teammate Nick Dieffenbach by just .05 of a second. His margin of victory in the 100 freestyle prove even closer, topping Raymore-Peculiar’s Trent Oberlander by .01 of a second.

Daniel Spielhagen (50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke), Mark Foster (1-meter diving), Danny Jones (500 freestyle), Evan Donnelly (100 backstroke) also won individual events for Park Hill, which did not post any new state qualifying cuts.

Mardis, Spielhagen, Jones and Sean Cogley were the Trojans’ winning 200 medley relay.

Members of the other winning relays included Spielhagen, Cogley, Dieffenbach and Jordan Timmerman (200 freestyle) and Mardis, Jones, Timmerman and Dieffenbach (400 freestyle).

Liberty Triangular

Park Hill South topped both Liberty High Schools in a meet Tuesday, Sept. 27 in Liberty, Mo. despite winning just two events. Jackson Garrett topped the 100 backstroke field, and Daniel Miller took the 100 breaststroke for the Panthers.